Getting Dressed

Shirts


Everyone typically wears some sort of day, every single day of every single year for pretty much our entire lives…so most of us have at least how many  shirts hanging in our closets…

But how do you know that the next shirt will be an item that you wear at least once a week…or will join the other shirts that will simply remain in your closet for how long before being donated to Goodwill?

Here are a few tips to remember…

 

Fabric…There are two types of material that fabric can be made of-natural and synthetic…and there are good things and bad things about each of them. For example…

Natural Fabrics

  • 1.  Cotton…Cotton is one of the most commonly used fabrics. Cotton shirts should have easy “breathability” and a soft feel.
  • 2.  Linen…Linen is slightly rougher and thinner than cotton. This lightweight material is great for summer.
  • 3.  Silk…Silk shirts are generally smooth and have a sheen that works great for formal occasions.

Synthetic Fabrics…Polyester is the most common synthetic fabric used for shirts. Polyester is lightweight and dries quickly after being washed.

Other Notes about Choosing Fabric

  • Look for shirts labeled as “stretch cotton.” Stretch cotton prevents wrinkles and allows for comfortable all-day wear.
  • The material should be thin enough to be layered beneath sweaters, but heavy enough not to be able to see through.
  • Dry cleaning shirts will help shirts them retain their color, shape, and crispness.
  • You do not need to wash or dry clean your shirt after every wear. You should be able to get at least two wears out of the shirt before you need to wash it or have it dry cleaned.

 

Color

  • 1.  Avoid large prints if you want to look slimmer.
  • 2.  Black shirts and white shirts are suitable for all women and pair well with most other garments.
  • 3.  Blues and greens vary a great deal in tone, but darker shades generally suit darker features and lighter shades lighter features. Reds and pinks are a good choice for those with green eyes and a tan skin tone.
  • 4.  Horizontal stripes make you look fatter.Vertical stripes make you look taller.
  • 5.  The classic “must have” white shirt might not be a “must have” for you personally. Instead your perfect shirt because bright white doesn’t flatter everyone. Your “must have” shirt might instead be soft white, ivory, or even a very pale pastel. Bright white typically looks best on women with dark hair and light sk

 

Cut…Crew necks and V-necks both shorten a longer neck, whereas scoop necks tend to lengthen a neck. Boat necks broaden narrow shoulders. A tailored style is always more flattering than a looser style..

Shirttail…Shirts with a long tail, one that covers your bottom and hits right around the bottom of your bottom, are more likely to stay tucked in. A rounded shirttail hem is easier to tuck in.

 

Shoulders…

  • Short sleeves should come down to the mid upper arm-closer to the elbow than to the shoulder-in order to hide flabby arms
  • Sleeveless shirts should have arm holes that are cut quite close to the armpit, so that your bra is not exposed.The shoulders should be wide enough to hide your bra strap.
  • Shoulder seams should hit squarely on your shoulders, not above or below. Rip out any shoulder pads.

 

Size…The right fit and proportion is key. An incorrectly sized buttondown will either pop open in between the buttons and exposing the body, or too much extra fabric billowing around the body which is not flattering

  • The shirt should fit closely, but not so closely that it clings to your sides or gapes open between the buttons.
  • When trying on a shirt, take the time to sit down in order to test for clinging, gapping, and overall comfort across your back.
  • Never intentionally buy too large of a shirt. The extra fabric might not be able to fit into your pants or skirt.

Wearing

  • Tucking the shirt in and wearing a belt makes an outfit look more professional, but shirts can remain untucked if the shirt does not fall past mid-hip.
  • Wear the sleeves buttoned and pushed up, or unbuttoned and rolled up. ..no higher than mid-forearm.
  • Wearing a camisole underneath helps the fabric to lay flatter against the body, thus keeping the shirt closed. It also prevents any exposure if the shirt does malfunction.

 

More about T-shirts…

T-shirts have evolved from basic undergarments issued as part of the standard military uniforms during World War II as an undershirt….to now being a wardrobe staple for both women, men, and kids of all ages…available in a wide variety of fabrics, necklines, sizes, and shapes.

Every capsule wardrobe should include several solid colored t-shirts for layering with  jackets and sweaters.

And typically t-shirts are made of cotton…because cotton naturally breathes, stretches, and moves with the wearer. Cotton is soft, breathable, lightweight, and affordable.

But cotton is not all simply cotton. There are actually five different types of cotton available…each with its own distinct characteristics:…

  •    1.  Combed Cotton:Cabela’s Women’s Combed Cotton V-Neck Tee Shirt…Combing cotton aligns its longer fibers and produces a softer and more durable fabric. Combed cotton t-shirts typically last longer than plain cotton varieties. This high-quality cotton has a higher thread count, but is a bit pricier than other options.
    2.  Organic Cotton:…Baserange Women’s Natural Cotton Lege Long Sleeve, $110… Organic cotton is environmentally friendly since it is grown with minimal use of fertilizers and pesticides. This is great for an environmentally conscious audience, but it also comes with a higher price tag.
    3.  Pima Cotton:Everlane Cotton V $15, Everlan…Pima cotton is woven from very fine, extremely thin cotton strands chosen from a particular variety of the cotton plant. These are comfortable and soft t-shirts that are resistant to stretching and fading and that tend to get softer with wear.
    4.  Ring-Spun Cotton:... Hanes Womens 4.5 oz., 100% Ringspun Cotton nano-T T-Shirt … Ring-Spun cotton is created by twisting and thinning the cotton strands. It is usually pricier but extremely durable, lasting a very long time
  • 5.  Slub Cotton Buck Mason Slub Tee $28, Spring...Slub cotton is woven, creating slight lumps and a unique texture. It’s airy and lightweight, making it great for summer.
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